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scouts were allowed to refuse gays including dale himself. also with me tonight nbc's pete williams who broke this story earlier this week. welcome to both of you. pete, what's the latest? is this is a done deal? >> seems like it. people we talk to that both support and oppose this move who have been briefed by the scouts and scouting insiders all tell us they strongly expect it will pass when the board meets in texas next week to talk about this. what it would do, michael, is remove the long-standing national membership requirements. it could leave it up to individual organizations to decide for themselves. some may well say we want to admit them. some may say they don't. and the scouting organization says parents and sponsored could decide for themselves which one they want to send their children to. it has support within the board, they say, and they strongly expect it will pass. >> james dale, is that enough for you? >> thank you. it's a great first step, but i don't think they should kick the can down the road. you can't have children in one group thinking that discrimination is ac
-standing policy toward gay scouts and scout leaders. our justice correspondent, pete williams, broke this story this afternoon. he's with us from our d.c. newsroom with more. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, the boy scouts are on the verge of ending their policy of banning gay young people from the program. if approved, it would mark a huge change for an organization that has actively resisted this in the past. >> the scouts fought hard against james dale, who was virtually a scouting poster boy, eagle scout, assistant scout master by age 18. but after he publicly declared he's gay, the scouts said he's no longer welcome. he sued and the u.s. supreme court ruled a decade ago the scouts had the legal right to exclude gays. today dale says he's shocked that the policy might be changing. >> i think fair-minded americans know that discrimination is wrong. and that the boy scouts were out of step with america by excluding gay young people and telling nongay children that discrimination was an american value. >> reporter: if approved, the new policy would end the national ban on gay scouts and
of people converging on this city safe. nbc's justice correspondent, pete williams, looks at a city on high alert. >> reporter: in the airspace above washington, helicopters and jets will enforce a virtual no-fly zone for 30 miles in all directions from the u.s. capitol. six miles of the potomac and anacostia rivers will be shut down, with 150 blocks of downtown washington closed to traffic, partly out of concern for car or truck bombs. >> we have to be prepared for everything, so that's the way we do. we prepare with all of our partners and try to come up with a plan for every eventuality. >> reporter: much of inaugural security will be visible for protection and crowd control, with countersnipers on top of buildings around the capitol and along the parade route. some not so visible, detectors monitoring the air for toxins and plain-clothed security teams at subway and train stations watching for suspicious behavior. at the ready near the capitol, thousands of doses of antidotes in case of a chemical or biological attack. no firm figures are available, but officials say all this security w
report tonight from our justice correspondent, pete williams. >> reporter: after watching a speeding pickup truck weave down a missouri county road, a highway patrolman pulled over tyler mcnealy, who the patrolman says could not stand on one leg or walk and turn. when mcnealy refused to take a breath test, the patrolman drove him to a hospital, where he was restrained while a technician took a blood test without his consent and without a search warrant. the aclu told the supreme court today, that violated the right against unreasonable searches. >> i think it's very intrusive when somebody is physically restrained and handcuffed and the state comes up and puts a needle in your arm. >> reporter: missouri prosecutors urged the court to rule that police should never have to wait for a search warrant to do a blood test on a suspected drunk driver, because with every passing minute, the body is metabolizing alcohol and the level is dropping. with nearly 10,000 people killed each year in drunk driving crashes, advocates of stricter enforcement agree. >> we need to have the best and the mos
, and this could affect all future presidents. our justice correspondent, pete williams, is with us from our newsroom with the details tonight. pete, good evening. >> reporter: brian, if this ruling stands, it will virtually eliminate a power that presidents of both parties have used for over a century. the constitution gives the president power, quote, to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the senate. president obama invoked that recess appointment power a year ago to fill vacancies that senate republicans refused to act on. three spots on the national labor relations board and richard cordray to run the new consumer financial protection bureau. but today a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in washington said that power can only be used between the end of one session of congress and the beginning of another, not during any congressional break. and the court said it can be used only to fill spots that become vacant during those recesses. presidents of both parties have made more than 300 recess appointments. thurgood marshall, earl warren and william bren
the scout oath. you certainly know it, i'm sure. >> pete william, when i tell my sons, that, you know, they're going out of the house and i want them to be on the straight and narrow. or if i were to refer to pete williams as a straight arrow, i'm not referencing sexuality at all. one looks at the scout oath and wonders how did this become a conversation? >> well, the scouts will tell you, and they made the same claim in the u.s. supreme court. it's the morally that they're focusing on. and by the way, what the supreme court said in mr. dale's case, scouts have a first amendment right of who they will allow to speak for them. others say it's a first amendment right of association. this isn't a legal issue. there are very prom neprominent members that say it's come from the ranks and chapters as well. >> i certainly believe that this has come from the ranks and file. but the most interesting, they went to the united states supreme court for a first amendment shield from new jersey's law against discrimination in 1999. now they're saying that they don't stand for anti-gay discrimination and g
and justice correspondent pete williams. a loot going on all fronts. denis mcdonough, and news out of the white house on the secret service skrefgs in cart hana. >> that's right. andrea, well, i'll first start with the breaking news. according to a source from the hill and also law enforcement source the inspector general has finished its report on the secret service scandal and specifically the secret service's own investigation into that scandal. we are told that that report will be sent to the hill a little later on today. it includes the agency did implement proper reforms. that is what we are being told at this point in time, but, again, andrea, this is developing. there are a lot of moving parts. we will undoubtedly learn more as the day goes on. in terms of denis mcdonough, president obama did announce today that denis mcdonough will become his new chief of staff. he is one of the president's most trusted aides, most recently serving as the deputy national security advisor, but he has advised the president really for the past decade going all the way back to when president o
on the use of social media to an increase in the minimum wage. nbc's justice correspondent, pete williams, has more. >> reporter: beginning today in california and illinois, it's against the law for an employer to ask anyone applying for a job to reveal user names or passwords for social media sites like facebook. johnny says it happened to him at a job interview. >> it's rude and not respectful. someone has privacy. you expect them to respect that. >> reporter: though job placement experts advise leaving embarrassing photos and postings off social media sites, privacy advocates say employers don't have the right to rummage through an applicant's past. >> it's a little bit like an employer saying before i'm going to hire you, i'd like the keys to your house to be able to go in and look around or maybe i'd like to take a look at your diaries. >> reporter: as of today in washington state, nearly every home, apartment, dormitory and hotel room must have a carbon monoxide detector. the law was prompted in part by eight deaths during a severe storm six years ago that knocked out power. indoor
itself under siege, including some very big names. our report from nbc's pete williams. >> reporter: the "new york times" says hackers have been attacking its computer system for the past four months. even managing to get passwords for individual reporters. the paper says its own security experts and the fbi traced the intrusions to hackers in china who it says were employing techniques associated in the past with hackers from the chinese military. another newspaper, "the wall street journal" says it too was hit by chinese hackers who apparently wanted to monitor its china reporting. no attempt, the journal says, to steal customer data. in beijing, any suggestion that the chinese were involved, quote, irresponsible. but "the times" says the hack attack coincided with a series of stories it posted on its website, which reported that relatives of china's prime minister had amassed a fortune worth several billion dollars through business deals. >> we first noticed the unusual activity on our network shortly after we published our article about the outgoing chinese ruling family. >> rep
battles against abortion still rage on. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams joins me now. pete, a lot has changed. a lot hasn't changed. the action has been at the state level, legislatures, governors, restricting access to abortion, particularly for federally funded or publicly funded abortion. >> i think for a long time after roe was decided the action was in the court to try to overturn roe v. wade, and that's clearly not gone anywhere. the action has shifted to state legislatures, and since roe was decided, something like 750 restrictions have been passed by the states. now, they range all the way from requiring women to get notification or counseling or have ultrasound treatments, restricting how women can be told that abortion is available. parental consent for minors to have abortion. restriction on the people who provide abortion. >> restrictions on when procedures can be performed and whether you have to have exceptions for the life and health of the mother. the action has all shifted to the states. >> how has the supreme court changed since the days of the burger cour
's justice correspondent pete williams joins me now as well here. ann, you followed this, and you know the pain of those at livestrong and other cancer survivors who really believed in this man. talk to me about that as well. >> well, i think that's very, very difficult. there are a lot of cancer survivors who looked up to lance armstrong as a hero. here was a guy who had testicular cancer that moved to his stomach, his lungs, and his brain, and survived, and then won seven tour de frances ---ure tours defrance, which is one of the most difficult athletic events in the world. i mean, it is both a race of physical and mental endurance. he always said he did it cleanly, even when everybody else was doping, and he said it again and again and again. not just in that deposition, but in literally hundreds of interviews, and to now find out that all of that was a lie is very disappointing. i think for cancer survivors. you know, andrea, i have been talking to people who were close to lance armstrong, and he said he made this decision over the christmas holiday when he was in hawaii, and i kee
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to the boy scouts. nbc justice correspondent pete williams joins me now from the newsroom with the latest on this exclusive story where are pete. >> the boy scouts are considering dropping their national ban on gay scouts or gay scout leaders, and that would be a profound change for an iconic american organization, one that has resisted this for several decades. the policy is now under consideration by the board's national -- the organization's national board of directors. if adopted, it would remove this requirement from the national organization and leave it up to individual scouting organizations whether to admit gay scout members, gay scouts, or scout leaders. these individual troops are, as you know, sponsored by civic and charitable organization and religious institutions, and if this policy was approved, each individual chapter would decide for itself, each individual unit would decide whether to admit gay scouts and then parents could decide for themselves where to send their children. now, the board -- the scout's board of directors meets next week, so it's possible that this cha
to same-sex marriage which is now legal in that state. pete williams has more on the new laws for the new year. >> reporter: in california and illinois, it's against the law for an employer to ask anyone applying for a job to reveal user names or passwords for social media sites like facebook. johnny velo says it happened to him. >> it's rue and disrespectful. someone has privacy, you expect them to respect that. >> reporter: though job placement experts advise leaving embarrassing photos off social media sites, employers also don don't have the right to rum paj through a prospective employer's past. >> it's like having the keys to a house and looking through diaries. >> reporter: indoor use of generators or charcoal fires can create a build up of co2 gas. >> a lot of people felt they had no alternative but to bring something in their home. >> reporter: in florida it's now legal to flash your headlights to warn of a speed trap ahead. the minimum wage goes up in ten states, where it's more than the federal rate of $7.75 an hour. washington has the highest of those states at 9.19 an hour. >
. >> all right. a lot of people be following this one for months to come. pete williams, thanks so much. live at the u.s. supreme court. >>> get a check of our forecast. the warm weather hasn't hit just yet. we are anticipating it. >> this was really the next week, really tough forecast. we are going to be right on the line between some very, very warm weather and some really cold weather and today, we were on the coomer side of things from the d.c. area to north and west. down to the south and east, did you get into that warmer air, thinking today, d.c. would get around 57 degrees. we saw a high temperature right around 50. so a little cooler than what i was expecting. down to the south, well above that number. right now sakt 48 degrees, a pretty nice evening, we are starting to clear out and we are actually seeing some sun before the sun went down just a couple of minutes ago. 48 degrees the current number, wind out of the southwest, 3 miles per hour. the wind not going to be a fact tore here. wither going to see another cool night tonight but really, it's gonna stay a little bit abov
was still technically in session. joining me now to fill us in, nbc news justice correspondent pete williams and jimmy williams. pete, break this down for us. the court's ruling. why were the president's three recess appointments deemed unconstitutional? >> for two reasons. the court looks at the wording of the constitution and says -- it says these can be made during the recess, not any recess. the recess which the court says is only the long break between sessions of the senate. so these little brief breaks like for a holiday, the court says don't count. you can't do recess appointments during them. second, the court said you can only make recess appointments for vacancies that arise during a recess. that's the whole point for this phrase in the constitution. they say back in the days when members of congress could not get on a plane and come rushing back to washington and were in their districts far flung across the country in the early days of our republic, if there was a vacancy, the president didn't have to wait until congress came back to town months later. so for both of those reason
's justice correspondent pete williams is here to help explain some of those executive actions. a big one that we know he's going to call for is this idea, pete, of basically ordering the justice department to prosecute people that fail background checks. explain why that hasn't been done before, and how it can be done. >> sure, first of all. the federal law makes it a crime for somebody to falsify, knowingly falsify information to their background checks, saying that they're qualified to have a gun when they're not. presumably, most people know when they've been dishonorably discharged from the military, whether they have the felony conviction, whether they have a misdemeanor, domestic violence conviction. whether they're a drug abuser. whether they've been judged mentally defective, any of the things that would make them unqualified. the fact is, it's a manpower issue. i think one of the things we'll have to watch here is to see whether the administration is interested in beefing up the size of the -- >> some statistics here, divine, what was it, 71,000 people, basically, laid on a back
. justice correspondent pete williams joining me live now. here's the thing. four years ago security officials were bracing for a record 1.8 million people and they're looking for half that number and they still have a big job to do. are security officials anticipating a differentest is problems this time around? >> no, i think, in fact, they're probably anticipating fewer problems and it's going to be 2 million people and probably a third of that, 600,000 this time. so the big emphasis this year is crowd control because they had so many problems years ago. thousands of people got stuck in a tunnel. that tunnel will be closed this year, so there's no chance of that. they say they'll have more metal detectors and more people to guide them four years ago. better signs and use of social media and that's one emphasis this year and it will be an easier charge just because there is such a smaller crowd, but the security concerns are just as real, craig. they don't change from inaugural to inaugural. if anything they become more complicated every time. there's a threat stream that they foll
on gay scouts and scout leaders. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams joins me now and i understand the boy scouts released a statement? >> they have. what we have learned is that the boy scouts are actively considering changing their decades' old policy that prevents gay scouts or gay scout leaders if joining the organization. what we're told is that this is under active consideration, the board of boy scouts of america will consider this next week and could vote on it and change the policy as early as next week. in response to the story, the boy scouts issued a statement and here's the key of what they say is how the policy would work. the chartered organizations they say that oversee and deliver scouting would accept membership and leaders consistent with their organization's mission, principles or religious beliefs. and it goes on to say the statement does that bsa, members and parents would be able to choose a local unit to meet the needs of their families. the boy scouts saying they would eliminate from the membership requirements a ban on gay members and gay scout leaders and
. chief nbc justice correspondent pete williams has more for us. >> reporter: in florida, federal agents held away boxes of material tuesday night and wednesday from the office of a west palm beach eye doctor. he and members of the family are big political contributors giving more than $33,000 in the past 15 years to u.s. senator robert menendez. >> this hearing of the senate foreign relations committee -- >> reporter: the new jersey democrat that took over as chairman of the foreign relations economy teet. menendez and melgin appeared last year for a media organization. the senate ethics committee received a complaint of a new jersey republican official who claims that menendez got rides on the private plane to a resort in the dominican republic and elsewhere without disclosing them. >> senator menendez accepted the flights, well, let's see, a flight to the dominican republic, there was a flight to puerto rico, a flight to washington, et cetera, from this doctor down in florida on his private jet which he had failed to report. >> reporter: in a statement, the senator called him a friend
are arriving right now from across the country. nbc's justice correspondent pete williams is joining me now. pete, good to see you, my friend. >> nice to be here. >> what is the difference between now and 2009? do you see significant difference in security? >> largely in crowd control because they're expecting about a third as many people to attend the inaugural here as were here four years ago when there were roughly 2 million people here. about 600,000 expected this time. give you a little metric. about 3,000 charter buses parked at rfk stadium four years ago. that's the approved parking space, people get off and walk to the capitol. this year, about 1,100 buses have made reservations. that gives you an idea of the relative size. that's going to be the biggest thing. there were five bridges that were completely shut down to regular traffic into washington four years ago. they're all open this year. that's one difference. a second difference is the planners say you'll see a lot more signs, people telling you where to go. they're going to use social media a lot more to try to direct people.
be rooted on legal grounds, says nbc's justice correspondent, pete williams. >> it's unlikely he would be prosecuted for perjury, because the only statement he made under oath was seven years ago, beyond the statute of limitations. so it's more likely he would face civil lawsuits. >> reporter: for now, boundless questions remain for lance armstrong, whose answers have yet to come, if ever. ron mott, nbc news, boston. >>> the massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut, was a month ago today. while we're waiting for washington to weigh in on the subject of guns in america, it was an emotional day in that small new england town. nbc's anne thompson is there for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. there is a new group here in newtown called sandy hook promise and the founders say it is not partisan or political. it is a group that wants the nation to listen, to think, and most of all, have a civil dialogue about how to keep tragedies like this school shooting from ever happening again. in newtown, pain has no timetable. >> on friday, dece
and in leadership roles. nbc's pete williams broke the story today on twitter and on msnbc. he joins us now with more on this major development of the pete, tell me more. >> they're going to vote next week, the national board of directors. what they say is they'll look at a policy that would end the national band, and end the national requirement that says no bay people can be admitted as either scouts or scout leaders. instead, if this policy is approved, then and it looks like it's going to be, it would be up to every individual scouting organization to decide for itself what policy to have, so you could well have some troops that will admit gale scouts, some that won't. the scouts say it would be up to parents and sponsoring organizations to decide where to send their children. >> do we know why they decided to make this move? >> they haven't said exactly why, but it's pretty clear. there's been a considerable amount of pressure on the boy scouts. you may remember that barack obama and mitt romney during the campaigns said that the scouts could change the policy. there have been very pub
is keeping all of those hundreds of thousands of people converging on washington, d.c. safe. nbc's pete williams looks at a city on high alert. >> reporter: in the airspace above washington helicopters and jets will enforce a virtual no-fly zone for 30 miles in all directions from the u.s. capital. six miles of the potomac and anna costa rivers will be shut down. with 150 blocks of downtown washington closed to traffic, partly out of concern for car or truck bombs. >> we have people prepared for everything. so that's the way we do. we prepare with all of our partn partners. >> reporter: much of inaugural security will be visible for protection and crowd control with counter snipers on top of buildings around the capital and along the parade route. some not so visible. detectors on monitoring the air for toxins and plain clothes security teams watching for suspicious behavior. at the ready near the capitol, thousands of antidotes in case of a chemical or biological attack. no firm figures are available but all this security will cost about $120 million for hundreds of federal agents, tho
. nbc's pete williams joins us next. >>> plus a state of chaos, the latest on the protests in egypt. >>> gun buyback programs are gaining new momentum this year in the wake of the newtown school shooting. people are pouring into police stations to turn in their guns for gift cards. >> hundreds of people showed up at an event in seattle. some folks were there for an entirely different reason. >> reporter: a full block away from a seattle police gun buyback. >> give you $200. >> the competition. >> i couldn't figure it out at first. >> reporter: it caused gridlock, and private buyers swooped in. >> it's a historical gun. >> i would rather see it turned back into the gun community, use it to promote the shooting sport. >> reporter: others at mitted it was for profit. there were plenty willing to make the sail on the product. >> i'll sell to whoever gives me the most money. wouldn't you? >> reporter: in a very public face. >> no cameras. >> i told you not to take my picture. >> these men wanted privacy. >> reporter: they were even prepared to get physical. eager buyers met with reluctan
involved in this. the atf and the fbi are responding to assist. let's bring in pete williams, he's standing by to join us on this. pete, texas has a concealed handgun law. we know at least the atf and fbi are responding to assist. would you be able to give me insight in to what they would do there on the scene? >> they would be in response to local law enforcement, the local police would be in charge here. this is fairly standard. i'm told they're not there yet but on the way. here's the best information from a couple of officials who are monitoring what's going on there in texas. it's -- there's either three or four people shot. the information is frankly contradictory here. it's difficult to say exactly. some of the reports i have heard are just like the one you just had which is three people were shot and one person may have suffered a heart attack. in any event, looks like four people potential victims here. one person is in custody. appears to be a student at the school and some indication that this may be gang related. that's an early bit of information, too. i should just caution tha
. pete williams, nbc news justice correspondent joins me now from the supreme court. first of all, pete, what do we know about -- do we know any more about levinson other than we see this visual evidence proof of life a couple of years ago. we got sources that this is proof of life and there was a revig rated attempt to try to get him out and find out what the iranians know, but we've had very few clues, if any. >> that's right, these pictures were sent anonymously to the family in late 2010-2011, but his wife put them out to get more attention and build further pressure on what she believes is the iranian government that's holding him and also the u.s. to do more publicly to pressure iran. iran put out a statement through its representatives in the u.s. yesterday saying that they investigated it and have found no sign that he's in iran, but, obviously, the family doesn't believe that. the officials i've talked to say there's simply no evidence he's anywhere else. and so the still -- i guess it's fair to say the assumption of the united states is he's still somehow being held in iran by
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